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Ag Secretary Calls for ‘Idea Farmers’ at Farm Progress Show

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8/29/2008

BOONE, Iowa – “Today we need a new generation of farmers … idea farmers.” That’s the message U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer had for 4-H’ers and FFA members at the Farm Progress Show. He addressed the young people and other visitors to the Iowa State University hoop building at the show Thursday afternoon, Aug. 28.

New ideas and science-based solutions are necessary to keep U.S. agriculture on the forefront in an increasingly global marketplace, Schafer said. He encouraged the 4-H and FFA youth to consider careers in agricultural science, engineering and technology.

“We just have to keep expanding our frontiers of knowledge,” Schafer said.

Listen to Schafer’s presentation.

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Doug Cooper, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-6275, levachek@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis , Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu